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Experts: Urban development not possible without proper implementation of plans

  • Published at 12:41 am November 5th, 2018
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They were speaking at a workshop titled “Our Cities 2050” at house building research institute (HBRI) auditorium on Sunday

Experts have said proper urban development is not possible without making appropriate plans and their implementation. 

They were speaking at a workshop titled “Our Cities 2050” at house building research institute (HBRI) auditorium on Sunday.

The Urban Development Directorate, under the Ministry of Housing and Public Works arranged the day long program as part of observing World Cities Day which was on October 31.

Eighteen research papers on urban planning were presented in the workshop in six separate sections at a time and 19 organizations from the government, NGOs and universities took part.

Jahangirnagar University Department of Urban and Regional Planning Professor Dr Shafiq-Ur Rahman while presenting his paper said: “We are taking and implementing various big projects like the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and so on. Along with these big projects we have to think about linkage projects also. We have to think how people will come to BRT and MRT stoppages and how will they go back to home from there without interruption.”

He proposed a rickshaw and bicycle ride sharing mechanism in this regards.

Another professor from the same discipline Dr Akhter Mahmud has said: “We are building one or two cities and allowing them to expand to an unlimited boundary. We should think about other cities and take plans in this regard, as well. Health, education and employment opportunities should be decentralized so that pressure on Dhaka decreases.

“We have many policies on decentralization which only exists in books but no real implementation is seen anywhere. We should implement decentralization policies if we want a proper urban development.”

Also at the workshop, Brac’s Urban Development Program Head Hasina Mushrofa presented their achievements on urban development issues.